Watseka: Pastor Removed from Job, Denies Sexual Abuse Charges

By Dennis Yohnka
Daily Journal
June 11, 2010

The pastor of St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka and the St. Joseph Mission in Crescent City has been removed from his post amid sexual abuse charges filed by a Florida man, according to the Diocese of Joliet.The Rev. Lee Ryan and a Glendale Heights priest, the Rev. Kevin McBride, were placed on administrative leave in connection with the same case.

"Father Ryan denies the allegations, but understands the reasons behind his removal," said Doug Delaney, executive assistant to Bishop Peter Sartain, leader of the Joliet diocese.

Delaney said parishioners were informed of the action in a letter from the bishop after the removal was made official May 25.

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